A message of thanks: Berkshire Hathaway hosts First Responders Appreciation Luncheon

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty’s Ponte Vedra branch was stocked with food, gifts and décor Feb. 13 as the office celebrated local heroes with its First Responders Appreciation Luncheon.

Welcoming the men and women keeping the area safe, Realtors treated officers to a buffet-style lunch prepared by real estate agent and “chef” Deb Pettry, Peterbrooke Chocolatier’s signature chocolate-covered popcorn and koozies filled to the brim with candy during the office’s first appreciation event. The show of appreciation also included the presentation of a handmade sign created by Mrs. Mary Beliles’s third grade class of PVPV/Rawlings Elementary.

For the first responders dropping by, the message of appreciation rang loud and clear.

“Honestly, I think it’s awesome,” said Sgt. Mike Hartsell of St. Johns County’s Sheriff’s Office. “With everything going on today, to have a group of people come together to do something like this … just to make sure we feel appreciated, it feels pretty amazing.”

As organizers and Realtors insisted, it was a labor of love, and a celebration they would like to make a tradition.

“The whole idea was to be able to serve them the way they serve us,” said Pettry. “These people are heroes. They don’t run from the problem, but towards it. And we just want to continue to be able to support them as much as they support us.”

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